At least six EU-supporters in Mrs May’s Cabinet of senior ministers will resign if a no-deal Brexit gets the go-ahead, according to the Sunday Times. However, Brexit-supporting ministers said they would quit if the Prime Minister also backed the option of staying close to the EU with a customs union or if she decided on a long delay to Brexit. After Mrs May’s deal was defeated for a third time by the House of Commons on Friday, any sign of a Brexit strategy has been left in tatters. Three years after the British public voted to leave the EU, there is still speculation as to what Brexit will look like or whether it will happen.
This week, Mrs May said she will step down if she manages to get her Brexit deal through Parliament which will allow another leader to take charge of phase two of negotiations with Brussels.
However, after the Prime Minister’s latest defeat in the Commons, an election could break the deadlock.
Mrs May’s advisors are allegedly divided over whether she should call an early election if she fails to garner support for her deal next week, according to the Mail on Sunday.
A possible “run-off” vote could happen on Tuesday between the Prime Minister’s deal and the alternative that emerges as the most popular from voting on Monday.
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The possibility of an election being called as early as Wednesday should not be ruled out.
It comes as Brexiteer Esther McVey said she will enter into the running for the Prime Minister’s job if she has a “fair shot”.
The former Work and Pensions Secretary told The Times: “People have come forward and said they’d support me.
“If it’s enough numbers then I would. If it isn’t, then I won’t. I will decide if I think I’ve got a fair shot.”
Boris Johnson has also been tipped as a favourite to take over the Prime Minister, and has been holding meetings with Tory MPs to rally support.
The leading Brexiteer has also received support from Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group (ERG).
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Home Secretary Sajid Javid are also understood to be sounding out party support for their leadership bids.